Bangladesh draws up first tourism masterplan

Cox’s Bazar has one of the world’s longest beaches
Bangladesh is making aggressive plans to bolster its tourism sector, including drawing up its first investment-focused tourism masterplan and developing the destination of Cox’s Bazar, which has one of the world’s longest beaches.
“We expect a full comprehensive masterplan for tourism will be ready by end next year. It will focus on investment opportunities available to develop various tourism spots across the country,” Akhtaruz Zaman Khan Kabir, chief executive of the Bangladesh Tourism Board, said at the PATA New Tourism Frontiers Forum 2016 in Cox’s Bazar last week.
The masterplan will also advise the tourism ministry on potential new destinations and attractions in the country and help frame policy guidelines and human resources training, Kabir elaborated. The tourist board has floated a tender inviting interest from firms.
Meanwhile, investment is being planned for Cox’s Bazar including an exclusive 445ha tourist zone that will house hotels, restaurants, amusement parks and other facilities.
The nearby airport will expand to meet the growing number of flights, as airlines like China Eastern have expressed interest in operating flights to the city. Bangladesh saw just 0.6 million international tourist arrivals in 2015.
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